“Russell looked surprised by the Council’s conclusion. “You have no connection with Shori then?” he asked Daniel. “We are promised to one another,” Daniel said. “When this is over, when she’s older and physically mature, my brothers and I will mate with her.” He looked at me and smiled. I couldn’t help smiling back at him.”
What drew me to this passage in particular was the way with which the opposite sexes of the Ina interact with each other. We know that they have an almost irresistible attraction to one another, which is why they are separated by their sex most of the time, however, the part of this passage in particular that caught my attention was Shori’s reaction. “I couldn’t help smiling back at him.” This caught my attention because there are a lot of moments in the story where Shori seems very human in personality, but this passage clearly illustrates a part of her Ina nature. What’s more, it’s interesting to see the difference between the romantic and intimate interactions between Ina and Ina, and Ina and their human symbionts.